Writing, Life, Art and William S. Burroughs
Along the path of his long and highly industrious creative life, writer William S. Burroughs was on many occasions asked that immortal question: “Do you have any words of advice for young people?" In a somewhat dramatic role reversal, one of Burroughs’ most ardent admirers finds herself providing similar sage words of advice on Writing, Life and Art as well as reflections on the advice given to her by William S. Burroughs when she was just starting out as a young emerging artist. Patti Smith appeared last year at the Louisiana Literature Festival, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art where she spoke to an audience captivated by her charismatic charm and frank openness about the life challenges and dilemmas involved in pursing a creative life. A segment of her highly engaging and thoughtful talk is transcribed here by Marcus D. Niski.